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Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.
Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. After writing several books under another name, her sixteenth crime novel THE HAPPY COUPLE is out now, with SINGLE MOTHER due for release in January 2021. Her books are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on 'real life fiction'. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, 'What if this happened to me or my family?' And you'll always find a BIG twist at the end!
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Fast-paced and rippling with revelations, Samantha Hayes’s Date Night is a creepy page-turner for readers who like their thrillers unexpected - recommended for fans of Gone Girl. On the face of it, Libby seems to have it all - a husband, daughter, and expanding catering business. But disquieting truths lurk beneath the façade, beginning with the note left under her windscreen wipers. “Sean is having an affair,” it reads. Unsettled, Libby refuses to believe it, but doubts niggle and she confronts him. Then, on returning from a disastrous attempt at a reconciliatory dinner, they find their daughter alone - the babysitter has vanished and it’s not long before Libby stands accused of her murder. When she’s arrested, Libby’s shock and outraged disbelief are palpable: “This is me! I want to scream. Just me! I’m a mum, a wife, a daughter-in-law, a best friend. Aged thirty-nine with a four-year-old child, a husband, my own business, a stepson and a cat. I’ve got good friends, I’m well liked, I do Pilates and pay my taxes on time.” With shocking twists aplenty, and a dual timeline adding layers of intrigue, Date Night is written in an easily readable style, with lots of domestic detail as Libby is caught in a terrible web, wondering if anyone will believe her, as readers wonder who’s telling the truth. Purchase Date Night from: Amazon Apple Kobo Google
This is the gripping new psychological suspense novel from the author of Until You're Mine. Oh God, please don't let me die. It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage suicides behind it. Then a young man is killed in a freak motorbike accident, and a suicide note is found among his belongings. A second homeless boy takes his own life, this time on the railway tracks. Is history about to repeat itself? DI Lorraine Fisher has just arrived for a relaxing summer break with her sister. Soon she finds herself caught up in the resulting police enquiry. And when her nephew disappears she knows she must act quickly. Are the recent deaths suicide - or murder? And is the nightmare beginning again?
You're alone. You're vulnerable. And you have something that someone else wants. At any cost.Claudia Morgan-Brown finally has it all. Pregnant with a much-wanted first baby of her own, she has a happily established family of two small step-sons and a loving husband with a great career. But she is also committed to her full-time job as a social worker, and her husband travels often. So when Claudia hires Zoe to help her around the house in anticipation of the baby's arrival, it seems like the answer to her prayers. But despite Zoe's glowing recommendations and instant rapport with the children, there's something about her that Claudia cannot trust.Moreover, there has been a series of violent attacks on pregnant women in the area, and Claudia becomes acutely aware of her vulnerability. With her husband out of town for work and her family far away, who will be there to protect her? And why does she feel unsettled about Zoe? Realizing appearances can be deceiving even in her seemingly perfect world, Claudia digs deeper into Zoe's blurry past and begins to wonder how far would someone go to have a child of her own?Riveting from its very first pages, Until You're Mine is a multilayered masterwork of twisted, psychological suspense. Readers ofBefore I Goto SleepandTurn of Mindwill be enthralled by this multilayered novel, featuring a twisted plot that ends in a breathtaking and shocking finale.From the Hardcover edition.
The Happy Couple: An absolutely unputdownable and gripping psychological thriller by Samantha Hayes
I was literally racing towards the finish as I just had to know!' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 starsThey were all there the day your sister went missing. Who is lying? Who is next?THEN In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.Eleanor never came back.NOW The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them allIf you loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this gripping psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down. What readers are saying about The Reunion:Whoa! Never saw THAT coming!! I could not put this book down - stunning! NetGalley Reviewer, 5 starsOh wow, it was absolutely brilliant. An absolutely gripping psychological thriller that will have you tearing through the pages. Goodreads Reviewer, 5 starsKeeps you guessing all the wayI never saw THAT endingBrilliant read 5 stars. NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars This story kept me turning the pages late into the night and early in the morning. It's been a long time since a book has had me feeling so much suspense. Nigel Adams Bookworm, 5 starsIf you only read one psychological thriller in 2018 then make sure its this one. Goodreads Reviewer, 5 starsA definite must read!... I flew through this book and will be recommending it to anyone who will listen! Goodreads Reviewer, 5 starsA really gripping story, lots of twists and turns and a corker of an ending An absolutely brilliant book and one I highly recommend. NetGalley Reviewer, 5 starsA top notch psychological thriller - intriguing, compelling and at times heart-breaking An excellent read which I couldnt wait to get back to every time I put it down. A Ticket to Everywhere, 5 starsWow does this story fling you all over the place. Lots of wonderful twists and turns, red herrings and a never saw that coming ending. Goodreads Reviewer, 5 starsA brilliant book from Samantha Hayes with an ending that you wont forget easily!!! 10/10, 5 stars and highly recommended. Goodreads Reviewer, 5 starsI read it in two sittings, The ending left me gobsmacked coming as a complete shock, it was hard to put down and highly recommended.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 starsWow, wow, wow!... this one literally kept me up all night so many emotions that your head will be spinning--seriously, right up until the last page that had me gasping! Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
________________________ From the bestselling author of UNTIL YOU'RE MINE and BEFORE YOU DIE ________________________ Four months ago, Rick went out to buy a newspaper. He never came back. His wife, Gina, is struggling to deal with her loss, and her daughter's mood swings are getting worse. Then she receives a phone call from a woman at a country hotel, confirming details of a booking Rick made before he vanished. Desperate to find out more about his disappearance, Gina and her daughter take the trip. But there is something very strange about the hotel, and the family that run it. As danger draws closer, Gina starts to wonder whether Rick even made the booking - but one thing is clear. They're in too deep. ________________________ 'We're big fans of Samantha Hayes. Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping, and In Too Deep is no exception' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
Hogy sajat csaladja lehessen, tonkreteszi maset Egyedul vagy. Sebezheto vagy. Es van valamid, amit valaki meg akar szerezni. Barmi aron... Ugy tunik, Claudia Morgan-Brown elete vegre revbe er: ove a majdnem tokeletes alomferj ket edes negyevessel, szepen alakul a karrierje is, es szamtalan fajdalmas veteles utan vegre sajat babajat varja. Ferje gyakori tavollete miatt hirdetest adnak fel, hogy megfelelo dadust talaljanak, aki segit Claudianak. Zoera esik a valasztas, aki szinte maga a tokely: a gyerekek imadjak, kepzett es tapasztalt, a referenciai is jok. Claudiat az osztone megis ovatossagra inti. Vajon mit titkol Zoe? Van oka felni Claudianak? Vajon milyen messzire kepes elmenni egy no azert, hogy sajat gyermeke lehessen? A Holtodiglan es a Mielott elalszom rajongoinak. A Konyvjelzo magazin 2015. szeptemberi szamaban megjelent cikk: "e;A bebiszitter maganyossaga"e;
___________________________ A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Until You're Mine and Before You Die. ___________________________ Fleeing the terrors of her former life, Isabel has left England, and at last is beginning to feel safe. Then a letter shatters her world, and she returns home determined not to let fear rule her life any more. But she's unable to shake off the feeling that someone who knows her better than she knows herself may be following her. Watching. Waiting. Ready to step back into her life and take control all over again. ___________________________
The gripping new short story, from the author of Until You re Mine and Before You Die. Perfect for fans of S J Watson and Sophie Hannah. Your wife and daughter have been kidnapped and are beingheld hostage. Only you can save them.But how far will you go...?Includes an extract from Before You Die - Samantha Hayes' compelling second psychological suspense featuring DI Lorraine Fisher.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014. January 2014 Debut of the Month. You of frail stomachs turn away from this. It’s brutal, bloody, sad and horribly compulsive. Concerning infidelity and the overwhelming desire to reproduce along with a couple of side plots to hold off the horror, this is disturbing stuff. Very good.
A tense and powerful emotional thriller that asks: Do we ever really know our children? There must have been some mistake... TV presenter Carrie Kent can't believe the voice on the end of the phone. Surely it didn't just say that her son - her beloved son Max - has been stabbed within his school gates? This sort of thing happens only to the guests on her daily morning chat show. Not to someone like her boy. But when Carrie arrives at the hospital and learns that Max is dead, she is thrown into a nightmare. No one will reveal what really happened and the only witness, a schoolgirl, is refusing to talk. Carrie must enter an unknown world of fear and violence if she wants to find the truth. But can she live with what she discovers?
A woman stands on a bridge, the water rushing below. In a few seconds she will jump, plunging more than two hundred feet to her death. Who is she? And why is she desperate to take her own life? Nina Kennedy, a wife and mother, is afraid. A man is following her, threatening her family, toying with her sanity. What does he want? And how long will it be before he strikes? Eight-year-old Ava sits waiting for her daddy. But, like the others in the children's home, she knows her father will never come. The home is a place of whispers and shadows. But no one dare tell the truth. Until now...
A chilling psychological thriller with a shocking twist from Samantha Hayes, the bestselling author of THE LIAR'S WIFE and BLOOD TIES 'An emotional thriller that'll keep you on the edge of your seat' Look Mary Marshall would do anything for her daughter Julia. A devoted grandmother to Julia's children, she's always been the rock her family can rely on. Until now. Mary has a past Julia knows nothing about, and it's come back to haunt her. Julia's husband Murray French is walking a tightrope. A solicitor struggling with an alcohol problem, he's about to lose his wife and his children to another man: someone successful, someone they deserve. Someone who's everything he's not. Can he ever get his family back? Just when Julia thinks life is starting to turn around, she stumbles upon the brutalised body of a girl she teaches. And as the terrible present starts to shed light on her mother's past, Julia realises her family's nightmare is only just beginning...
A hard-hitting tale of abduction, prostitution, child abuse, family secrets and betrayal. With a few red herrings scattered around to confuse, a gritty sense of real-life drama and a page-turning compulsion, this is a sort of misery memoir (albeit fiction) mixed with a contemporary saga. It’s an area about to expand as the popularity for real life stories of child torment and abuse catch the novelist’s imagination.Comparison: Sandra Brown, Jodi Picoult, Hilary Norman.